Course Duration: 09.30 - 16.30
Group size: 18 Maximum
Age Range: 18+
Join our highly qualified instructors for the day as they take you on a journey and open your eyes to some of the diverse and highly useful plant species we have growing here in the British Isles. During this leisurely forage walk, we cover a broad range of plant identification and look at a large number of useful plants that we have right on our doorsteps.
Our instructors cover a multitude of uses from edible to medicine and camp craft to carving to give you an extensive knowledge surrounding each plant, including practical hands-on and personal experience regarding their uses. Where appropriate our instructors will also offer recipe suggestions and the best ways of processing each plant. All of this will include time for notes to be made, photographs to be taken and questions to be asked.
On arrival at the car park, our staff will introduce themselves and the topic of Foraging. We will cover the legal framework that guides us as we forage within the United Kingdom.
The morning begins
We'll get all of our kit on our backs and once armed with a foraging bag or basket, we'll start our walk. Where we go within our sites is up to the instructor, but we will stop and discuss a huge range of valuable resources that are in season. We will focus on edible and medicinal plants and trees, but we will also discuss other reasons we might wish to forage. Fire lighting materials, shelter building materials, cordage, materials to make baskets or tools are all out there in the woods to be discovered. On the walk, we will show you how to sustainably and responsibly harvest these resources, and you will be invited to try some things straight from the source.
We'll arrive at camp in the afternoon with baskets and bags full of ingredients to start making our delicious Bushcraft lunch. We'll take you to the game preparation area and show you how to remove the meat from a game bird. This will form the main of our lunch, though dietary requirements are catered for - please make a note of this on your booking. You will be involved with the cooking of your lunch in a communal effort, learning the valuable skill of Campfire Cooking. We use cast iron dutch ovens over an open fire, along with other methods and equipment, to impart incredible flavour to your food .